Smart parking in L'Escala, Spain

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Project description

Solve traffic congestion in the centre of L’Escala

L’Escala is a town situated in a privileged spot on the Costa Brava. It is a major attraction for tourists and holidaymakers, making it heavily affected by seasonality.

The local government saw how in summer months the population would multiply resulting in problematic traffic congestion in the town centre, mainly caused by vehicles looking for parking. This would generate ill feeling, stress and affect the satisfaction of citizens, businesses in the centre and have a negative impact on the image of the town.

The aim of the project that we developed for the local government was to reduce traffic congestion in the area caused by vehicles looking for parking.

Improves accessibility and parking in the centre

Seven information panels were strategically placed at the accesses to and on the periphery of the city centre, informing drivers of the occupancy of the 5 most important car parks in the centre.

Thanks to the information communicated on the panels, the vehicles are guided according to the actual availability of parking spaces, reducing unnecessary traffic flow caused by looking for parking by up to 30%.

The sensing system provides useful information in real time

U-Spot sensors were deployed on parking spaces or U-Flows at the entrances and exits of the 5 most important car parks in the centre of l’Escala.

The data captured is transformed into useful information which guides customers directly to the free spaces by means of the 7 information panels installed.

Improves citizen satisfaction and image of L’Escala

Parking in L’Escala is now far quicker and more efficient. Thanks to the solution introduced, there has been a 30% reduction in vehicle congestion and pollution levels generated. Citizens are satisfied because they no longer waste time looking for parking, suffer less stress and have an improved quality of life. They have returned once again to the centre to shop, boosting local trade.

End-to-end service

In the smart city project developed in L’Escala, we based our proposal on solutions that meet both the needs of administrations and citizens.

We developed an end-to-end system that provides a complete service:

  1. Sensing System
  2. Data transmission elements
  3. Software management platform

If you want to know how the complete solution works, find out at:

Solutions for parking guidance

 

U-Spot, the wireless parking sensor that detects parking space occupancy:

U-Spot

U-Flow Parking, the wireless parking sensor that detects vehicles getting in and out of a parking area.

U-Flow Parking

  • Greater rotation and occupancy of car park.
  • Reduction in traffic caused by looking for parking.
  • Stimulation of local trade.
  • Improved environmental quality.
  • Well-being and quality of life of citizens.

30%
Reduction in traffic
20%
Reduction in CO2 emissions
 
30%
Reduction in time spent looking for parking
Improved image of the city